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Advanced camp provides expansion of trap, skeet skills

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | July 11, 2017

     RJ Hatt, son of retired Sgt. 1st Class Richard Hatt, lined the barrel of his shotgun with where he knew the clay pigeon would soar.

     “Pull,” he said and he got another chance to hit the target June 29.

     “Shooting a shotgun, for me at least, is oddly relaxing,” he said. “It’s shooting and seeing the pigeons break is relaxing and it has a game aspect where you get excited and you want to keep going and keep doing it.”

     Hatt is one of the five teens who participated in the advanced trap and skeet camp hosted by Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group June 28 through 30. The Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group is an organization that promotes gun safety and hunting education for youth at Fort Riley.

     Ollie Hunter, volunteer instructor from FROG, said this session prepares young hunters by elaborating on the lessons received in the basic camp and takes them to the next level by shooting trap as a team on a full-scale trap and skeet range using all eight stations. In the basic camp, those in attendance only shoot from a limited amount of stations on the range.

     Hunter, who was part of the West Point trap and skeet team at one time, added this camp prepares youth to shoot at a collegiate level.

     “When they leave the advanced camp, they will be above and beyond what I was when I reported for my first day of team practice at West Point,” he said. “These guys will be able to handle themselves on a range.”

     Greg Clasberry, son of Ron Clasberry, deputy safety manager for Fort Riley garrison Safety Office, said he enjoys the camp because of Hunter’s instruction. During each 15-minute break, Hunter teaches topics such as safe gun handling, shot patterns, trap machines, recoil management and more. Shooters are expected to follow the 10 commandments of firearms safety, which are hanging up as a reminder in the clubhouse at the Fort Riley Trap and Skeet Range.

     “I enjoy that it is mainly hands-on,” Clasberry said. “He tries to have you out there shooting as much as possible.”

     For Hunter, trap and skeet is a life sport that can be learned at a young age and then maintained. He said he enjoys teaching the children this is a collegiate sport because oftentimes, people only think about the more popular opportunities like football and basketball.

     “To excel in sports you don’t have to (be) a 230-pound football player and you don’t have to be a 6 foot 8 basketball or volleyball player,” he said. “This is a sport that you can pick up and really be good at in short order and it’s an intercollegiate sport — what a good deal.”

     For more information about safe gun handling or hunting opportunities on Fort Riley, email fortrileyoutdoorsmengroup@yahoo.com or visit www.facebook.com/FROutdoorsmenGroup.

 

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